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Good race, Goodfellow!

November 27, 2012 - Erik Brown
The latest installment of the Hollidaysburg Area YMCA's Community Wellness Challenge Series - the Perry Wellington Turkey Trot - drew approximately 600 runners and walkers on Saturday. First to the finish line, with a time of 24:14 (5:23 pace), in the 4.5 mile main event, was Hollidaysburg Area High School and Juniata College graduate, Kenny Goodfellow. As an avid fan of the Hollidaysburg and J.C. Track & Field programs, I am familiar with Goodfellow's running career to date. His victory gave me the idea to write about his remarkable improvement as a runner over the last six years. I caught up with Kenny after the race and he graciously agreed to the email interview which follows.

ATW: Talk about your race on Saturday.

KG: "I felt pretty good. I've only been able to do one or two of the local races each year - usually the July 4th 15K and the Turkey Trot. The way my training worked this year, the Turkey Trot would be my last race before a little time off from running, so I was hoping to run a good race. The cold really didn't bother me, but the wind got to me after awhile. It hit me during the third mile heading back into town, but I kept plugging along. I didn't look back until making one of the final turns near the end of mile four and had no idea what kind of lead I had until then. It was a good way to end my season."

ATW: Tell us about your training.

KG: "For the past six months I've been focusing a lot more on speed. I ran my second marathon (Buffalo) in May. My time wasn't horrible compared to my first marathon, only about six minutes slower, but after putting in the months of training and setting my sights on a goal, it was a mental downer. I decided to step down and focus on shorter races for awhile. I've been averaging about 65 to 70 miles a week since June with a peak of 85. My typical training weeks include a long run of 12-18 miles at about 7 minute pace. Sometimes I finish my long runs with 1 to 3 sub-6 minute miles. I also do 2 speed workouts on the track each week, and take a day off every 10 to 14 days.

ATW: What were your PR's in high school?

KG: 1,600M - 4:58; 3,200M - 10:45; and 5,000M - 18:26.

ATW: What were your PR's at Juniata College?

KG: 1,500M - 4:14 (~4:32 for 1600M); 3,000 - 9:22 (~10:01 for 3,200M); 5,000M 16:22 (now down to 15:56); and 10,000M - 33:32.

ATW: What do you attribute your improvement as a runner to, since high school?

KG: "I attribute my success since high school to caring a lot more about running. I started running cross country in 9th grade, but I wasn't consistent with my training until my senior year of high school. I'd run for a few months, then take the winter off and attempt to run track in the spring. My senior year was the first year that I ran consistently year-round. I didn't run cross country my freshman year at Juniata, but I still ran most days. I began to miss being on a team and racing, so I talked to Coach Cutright and was able to train for track season. Unfortunately, my sophomore and junior years were plagued by sickness and injury, but I fought through them. I finally had a great senior year, and I've been improving ever since."

ATW: Did you do any noteworthy races this past fall? How did you do?

KG: "Most of the races I did this fall were small 5K's in Rochester, NY where I am a graduate student, but I did run the Rochester Half-Marathon. I placed 2nd with a time of 1:13:21."

ATW: What are your running goals for 2013?

KG: "My main goal is to return to the marathon in the spring. My current PR is 2:46:01. I'd really like to beat that significantly. Living in Rochester, my winter training depends a lot on the weather. I will still run throughout the winter, but how well my faster workouts go will depend on how much snow we get."

Editor's note: Sonja Hinish won the women's 4.5 mile race in a time of 29:58 (6:40 pace). Jayme Orr and Maria Snyder were second and third in 30:40 and 30:45, respectively. Alyssa Beyer was the women's winner in the 2 mile race in a time of 11:57 (5:59 pace), Clayton Blose won the men's race in 10:10 (5:05 pace).

Complete results for the YMCA's Turkey Trot are available by clicking on the link on the right side of this web page.

The next Hollidaysburg YMCA CWCS race will be their Twilight Run at Lakemont Park on December 31st.

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Kenny Goodfellow "plugging along" on Scotch Valley Road.


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